Dale Langley longs for some triple R time - rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. He accepts his cousin’s invitation to winter over on Ocracoke Island, far away from the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland. He’s always loved being a rolling stone, traveling for his job without the worry of a place to call home, but it’s time for something different. Now Dale anticipates several blissful months to learn how to be still with no demands on his time while he prepares for the next phase of his life.
Aubrey Zimmerman came to Ocracoke to attend a friend’s commitment ceremony. Never one to settle down, Aubrey’s had enough of involvements that took him from man to man without a place to call home. He needs a break - and a little solitude. House sitting while his friend is on his honeymoon is the perfect way to clear his head and catch up on his sleep. At least it seemed that way until Dale arrived and Aubrey realized sleep is the last thing he needs.
Fate has changes in store for Dale and Aubrey, the sort neither one knew they wanted. Sometimes the more you wander the closer to home you get.
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His hand on my knee snapped me back to the here and now. I looked around to find everyone hovering over the steaks sharing grilling secrets, and paying no attention to us.
I tried not to notice the warmth of Aubrey’s palm on my skin, but failed miserably.
“You know, hon. I like to walk along the water after dinner. Why don’t you join me?”
I must’ve had a stupid expression on my face. He tilted his head. “No hanky-panky, of course, being that we just met.”
No one even glanced in our direction so I leaned toward him. “Um, sure. A walk would be nice. If I try to hold your hand are you going to stop me?”
“That’s all you can hold tonight, sugar. I don’t know anything about you, and I have to make sure you don’t bite before we get to know each other better.” He looked down then slowly lifted his beautiful gaze back to mine. “And you’re hiding something.”
I shivered as the memories of the vicious blows I’d received at the hands of strangers taunted me.
“I only nibble the occasional earlobe, and my secrets are my own, Aubrey. There’s nothing in them to hurt anyone else.”
He studied me for a few moments, his fascinating blue gaze enigmatic. “Fair enough, Dale.” He sighed. “I do have my own. What?”
“I could stare into your eyes forever.”
Aubrey didn’t blink. “If I had a dollar for every time some tomcat said that to me, I’d be rich…”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a story about Dale that has been through a beating and robbery. He lost his job for taking off too much time recuperating and wasn’t Dale to drive and stuff to travel for work like he needed to. He goes to Ocracoke Island where he used to spend his summers and is going to stay the winter with his cousin Sam to try to get his head cleared and perhaps find a new job and place to stay. He meets Aubrey that use to live with older rich guys, basically was a kept man. He is leaving his ex and that leaves him with no job no real skills and no home. He comes to Ocracoke to attend his friend Chads commitment ceremony and housesit while they are on their honeymoon. I found this story well written, the characters all very interesting and the story hard to put down once I started. Well I dint put it down I finish in one sitting. Both Aubrey and Dale are dealing with some heavy stuff. Aubrey keeps warning Dale not to get attached and Dale knows he shouldn’t or that Aubrey shouldn’t get attached to him either. The other characters were all interesting also though not a lot was mention of them just in passing. The first book is Chad and his partner’s story and since Chad and Aubrey are connected I am sure he is in that one too. This book stands perfectly on its own and I had no clue it was a sequel until the end when it told about the other book. Of course I will be reading it too! Great story here and I can’t wait to see if there is more! Recommendation: If you like stories of starting over, Rich men, men on the mend, Hot mansex this one is really good!